Well, Spring break is finally over. It was definitely a weird week weather wise. All week we had snow on and off and temperatures hovering in the 30s. Saturday on a trip to Grand Rapids we actually drove through a white-out. April 9th and I am driving in a white-out. Thankfully, we made it there and the skies were blue with bright sunshine! What a difference a few miles can make.
Over the past couple of years I have lost several friends and classmates. Yesterday I found out about the death of a wonderful man who I have known my whole life. We lived half a mile apart growing up and our dads worked together. We would attend the same playground and schools as kids. We were in all the musicals and he played my husband in “Damn Yankees.” He was funny, sweet and his presence filled the room. This one hit me hard. I sat in the parking lot reading Facebook and sobbing. We had just gotten in touch through Facebook a few years ago and had planned a reunion for a bunch of us but because of circumstances we ended up cancelling it before it happened. I wish we had done it now. You never know what tomorrow will bring. You think there will always be another hour, day or year to do things. Not always true. Never let anything go unsaid as you leave each other. Make sure your family and loved ones know how much they mean to you.
He leaves behind a wife and three young sons. It makes me think of my children. As life goes on I am thinking about death and dying. My children, my parents, and myself. Have I accomplished all I want to do? If I haven’t then I need to do it today. Hug my children and live life, not to work, but to live.
Awkward lead in to dinner, but that’s what my life feels like right now. Awkward.
I have to say this was an amazing dinner. It doesn’t look like much but everyone kept saying how good it was and how the flavors just work well together. It sounds weird but try it. It really works well together. I think because the pasta cooked in the barbecue sauce, chicken stock and tomatoes it was extra flavorful. I wish you could smell how wonderful this dish was.
I served this with a green side salad for dinner.
Barbecue Chicken Pasta Skillet
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes do not drain
- 2 1/4 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue)
- 16 oz. pasta, (I use the Cavatappi)
- Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Claussen dill pickles, diced (Do not use heat processed dill pickles!)
- fried onion strings
- extra barbecue sauce for garnish
- In a large pot over medium heat cook chicken and onion with the olive oil. Cook until the chicken pieces are just cooked through and add the garlic to the pan. Stir for about 1 minute to become fragrant.
- Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, barbecue sauce, and pasta to the pan. Stir well and bring to a low simmer. Cook stirring often until almost all the “sauce” has cooked into the pasta. This normally takes about 15 or so minutes.
- Remove pan from heat, taste and adjust spices as necessary.
- Serve with a sprinkling of cheese, pickles and fried onion strings over the top and a drizzle of barbecue sauce.